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Pelosi Now BACKS Omar, Says Comments Were Not 'Intentionally Anti-Semitic'

Pelosi Now BACKS Omar, Says Comments Were Not 'Intentionally Anti-Semitic'

Nevertheless, if you thought the House Democrat leadership, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, would actually examine the situation and try to understand what Omar was saying, and at least consider that her detractors were operating in bad faith, you'd be woefully wrong. "Anti-Semitism has fueled atrocities throughout history and it's inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!"

The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said on Tuesday that he will not eject Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from the committee over her latest anti-Semitic remarks. As Cortney wrote, they're also adding an anti-Muslim bias provision to even things out a bit.

Hoyer said that, despite the delay, the resolution was still being discussed but might not come up for a vote this week.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of the left-leaning lobbying group J Street, which promotes a two-state solution in Israel, immediately deflected the charges of anti-Semitism away from the freshman congresswoman and toward President Trump, insisting that a discussion about "hate and intolerance" should "start at the top".

"It's the 21st century, and the fact that we have to put a resolution on the floor and spell out for people what anti-Semitism means is pretty outrageous", said Florida Democratic Rep.

House Republicans are criticizing Democratic leadership on Thursday for their handling of the ongoing accusations of anti-Semitism levied against Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar. "We must not, however, equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel", Sanders said in a statement on Wednesday.

A party's steering committee also has the authority to remove a member of a congressional committee as was the case with the Republican Steering Committee removing Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) from his committee assignments after he made remarks questioning how terms such as "white supremacist" and "white nationalist" have become "offensive". The resolution is not expected to call out Omar by name. One person in the room quoted the speaker as saying the leaders had tried to increase communication so that members stay united and have "a clearer understanding of what our goal is as a caucus, how we proceed". Unlike her previous comments about the Jewish state, Omar is not apologizing for that remark, and progressives are supporting her. "I'm just wondering, within their conference, if they're willing to lead". They didn't plan to indirectly condemn Omar because of some deep abiding love for Israel-they did it because they know pro-Israel forces have a ton of power, and they had no desire to stand up to that kind of pressure.

At one point, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a close Pelosi ally, pleaded with Democrats: "Everyone stop tweeting!".

Vargas on Wednesday brushed off the online clash: "She could have come down the hall and asked me what my opinion is".

Omar, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was recently targeted in a poster displayed in the rotunda of the West Virginia statehouse Friday that linked the congresswoman to the September 11th Attacks.

This article was written by Mike DeBonis, Rachael Bade, reporters for The Washington Post.

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